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Date Time League Season
4 March 2022 7:45 pm Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Forrester delivers victory for Pat’s

St. Patrick’s Athletic produced a defiant performance to beat Shamrock Rovers 1-0 at Richmond Park courtesy of a Chris Forrester header.

The Saints who had lost their previous two, produced a gutsy performance to overcome the champions in what is a big win for the hosts. 

Shamrock Rovers enjoyed the better of the first half with Jack Byrne at the heart of everything. The midfielder slipped through great passes to Danny Mandriou and Ronan Finn on different occasions with St. Pat’s goalkeeper Joseph Anang pulling off a good stop from the latter.

Anang would be kept busy throughout the half as other strikes from Byrne, Mandriou and Dylan Watts kept him on his toes. The hosts had a penalty shout waved clear as Eoin Doyle went down following a challenge from Lee Grace just at the end of the half. The closest they came to finding a goal came through a Mark Doyle strike from outside the box that whisked past Alan Mannus’ goal.  

The Saints opened the scoring early on in the second half through a Chris Forrester header. Darragh Burns delivered a pinpoint corner which was well met by the Saints skipper past the helpless Mannus. The visitors controlled the majority of the ball afterwards but, failed to create anything clear cut.  

The St. Pat’s back four dealt with everything that came their way in what was a rocking Richmond Park atmosphere. Rovers will look back on missed chances in the first half in particular considering all the possession they had. 

Next up for the hosts it is a trip to Ballyboffey to face Finn Harps, while for Rovers it is another huge Dublin derby Friday week when they host Bohemians in Tallaght. 

  • 93'

    Jack Byrne blazes a free-kick at the corner of the box over the bar. That should be that.

  • 90'

    4 minutes of additional time confirmed.

  • 89'

    Mark Doyle goes into the referees pocket for a challenge on Hoare. Burke has a half chance from outside the box that goes past the post. One of the St. Patrick's coaches is booked by the referee moments later.

  • 85'

    The St. Patrick's defence are dealing with everything that is coming their way. Rovers failing to create anything clear-cut. The home side working desperately hard.

  • 83'

    Dylan Watts is replaced by Aidomo Emakhu. Rovers are the ones looking to create as they begin to pile the pressure on the home side.

  • 78'

    Darragh Burns is replaced by Ian Bermigham. The winger is met with a standing ovation from the home side.

  • 75'

    Chris Forrester tests Mannus with a strike from outside the box but Mannus collects it on his second attempt. St. Pat's fans in great voice.

  • 74'

    Shamrock Rovers make a triple substitution with Greene, Gannon, and Cotter all coming on to replace Gaffney, Finn, and Lyons

  • 73'

    Billy King is replaced by Owolabi. A good performance from King who worked tirelessly around the pitch.

  • 75'

    Lyons has a strike from distance that is palmed away by Anang for a corner. Burns is booked from the resulting corner for obstruction. Ronan Finn shoots safely wide from the corner.

  • 65'

    Not many chances since the goal. Lyons has a chance inside the edge of the box for the visitors but O'Reilly does well to clear it before he gets the chance to shoot. Pat's go down the other end through Burns but his shot goes safely past the far post.

  • 60'

    Mandriou is replaced by Graham Burke. Mandriou with a look of disgust as he comes off and makes his feelings clear to boss Stephen Bradley.

  • 58'

    The Saints break down the right through Mark Doyle but he is blocked off by Grace. Burns picks up the ball but the chance eventually comes to nothing.

  • 55'

    A better spell from the Saints sees them win a corner. Burns delivers a pinpoint cross which is well headered in by the St. Pat's skipper Chris Forrester.

  • 50'

    Burns brings down O'Neill but is not penalised. From the resulting free, Lyons goes through but can't connect well enough with his shot and it is smothered by Anang. Rovers looking to control the ball like the first half.

  • 45'

    Eoin Doyle goes down in the Rovers area but the referee isn't buying it and waves play on. Better play from St. Pat's. The referee blows it for half-time here at Richmond Park which sees both sides go in 0-0 at the break.

  • 40'

    Dylan Watts is the next to test Anang from outside the box but it is comfortable for Anang. A few niggly fouls from both sides.

  • 35'

    St. Pat's have what looks like to be a free-kick waved away by the referee outside the box. Minutes later, O'Reilly wins a free-kick for the hosts but, Burn's delivery is played short to King but the cross is then cleared by Lopes.

  • 30'

    Pat's can't live with Byrne as the midfielder slides through Mandriou who shoots just wide off the post from an acute angle. Pat's struggling to keep any form of sustained possession but are looking to hit Rovers on the counter. Billy King looking to create something anytime he gets on the ball for the hosts.

  • 25'

    Rovers the more comfortable on the ball with Byrne at the heart of everything good. In thus, looking the more likelier to score.

  • 20'

    Jack Byrne tests Anang from 25 yards out but his shot is well held. Finn is sent through on goal by Byrne after some lovely one touch passing from Rovers but again, Anang is equal to it.

  • 15'

    Not much to report in the last 5 minutes. Both managers barking out instructions to their players.

  • 10'

    A frantic start from both sides as the game hasn't settled. Anang pulls off a good save from Rory Gaffney in the penalty area, the best chance so far.

  • 5'

    A fast start from Rovers sees Byrne slide through Mandriou but Scott recovers, and Anang clears. Mark Doyle goes down the other end but drags his shot just wide. End-toe-end from both sides. Great atmosphere in Inchicore

  • Good evening and welcome to a sold out Richmond Park for St. Patrick's Athletic vs Shamrock Rovers. Three changes for the hosts as O'Reilly, King, and Burns come in to replace Lennon, MCClelland, and Owolabi. Just the two changes for the visitors sees Greene and Gannon come out for Finn and Gaffney.

St. Pat's Ath.

1Joseph Anang Goalkeeper
2Jack Scott Defender
5Tom Grivosti Defender
20Joe Redmond Defender
19Anto Breslin Defender
16Adam O’Reilly Midfielder
8Chris Forrester Midfielder 55'
15Billy King 45 Forward
14Mark Doyle Forward 89'
9Eoin Doyle Forward
17Darragh Burns 3 Forward 75'
James Abankwah Defender
3Ian Bermingham 17 Defender
6Jamie Lennon Midfielder
10Ronan Coughlan Forward
11Jason McClelland Forward
18Ben McCormack Midfielder
25Josh Keeley Goalkeeper
45Babatunde Owolabi 15 Forward

Shamrock Rovers

1Alan Mannus Goalkeeper
8Ronan Finn 2 Midfielder
3Sean Hoare Defender
4Roberto Lopes Defender
5Lee Grace Defender 58'
22Andy Lyons 6 Defender
7Dylan Watts 38 Midfielder
16Gary O’Neill Midfielder
29Jack Byrne Midfielder
14Daniel Mandriou 10 Midfielder
20Rory Gaffney 9 Forward
2Sean Gannon 8 Defender
6Barry Cotter 22 Defender
9Aaron Greene 20 Forward
10Graham Burke 14 Forward
17Richie Towell Midfielder
25Leon Pohls Goalkeeper
38Aidomo Emakhu 7 Midfielder
30Toms Leitis Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(President's Cup)
1 - 1
President's Cup
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Pat's Ath.

(Series 28)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 22)
3 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 10)
1 - 2
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

3 - 11
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Online Event

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

(Series 1)
1 - 1
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 17)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers v St. Patrick's Athletic

(Series 8)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Richmond Park

St. Patrick’s Athletic v Shamrock Rovers

Officials

RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
Robert HarveyRob Clarke
Wayne McDonnell
John McLoughlin

Ground

Richmond Park
Emmet Road, Kilmainham C ED, Dublin, Dublin 8, Leinster, D08 VK72, Ireland

Final year Journalism student in DCU. St. Pats reporter. Celtic supporter.